EAU CLAIRE – Citing his volunteer service to the Marshfield Clinic and the communities it serves, the Marshfield Clinic Heritage Foundation has singled out Mark Bugher for its highest annual award.

Bugher, who is director of Madison’s University Research Park and chairman of the Wisconsin Technology Council, received the award Nov. 6 in Altoona, a suburb of Eau Claire. He joins a list of past recipients that include former Defense Secretary and U.S. Rep. Melvin R. Laird, current U.S. Rep. David Obey and former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

Marshfield Clinic’s Heritage Foundation was established in 1997 to honor individuals who have made “significant contributions to the community in government, civic leadership, education, medicine, law or business.” Bugher has served on the clinic’s board of directors and helped lead private fundraising efforts for the recently dedicated Laird Center for Medical Research in Marshfield.

Bugher is an Eau Claire native who became director of University Research Park in 1999. He previously served as secretary of the state departments of Revenue and Administration during the Thompson administration, among other public and private sector roles.